Social conditions Social Condition Facts
Brunei is one of the richest countries in
Asia, in terms of GDP per capita. Good oil revenues mean
that the state can offer citizens benefits in the form
of grants, subsidies and pensions. Individuals pay no
All citizens have access to good free health care. If
necessary, the state also pays medical care abroad,
usually in Singapore.
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Official statistics for population in Brunei, including population growth, density, and estimation in next 50 years.
Women are discriminated against in terms of divorce,
child custody and inheritance. In 2011, for the first
time, two women got seats in parliament. However, the
proportion of women working and university students has
increased in recent years.
Abuse of women occurs, especially by employees in
households. Rape in marriage is not considered a crime
if the woman is over the age of twelve. Abortion is only
allowed if the woman's life is in danger. Unauthorized
abortion can be punished with public punishment. Female
genital mutilation occurs. Trafficking in women is said
to occur, mainly for work.
Childcare is allowed, both in homes and in schools
and other institutions. Child abuse, on the other hand,
Homosexuality is illegal and same-sex sex (as well as
adultery) can be punished with death by stoning. Brunei
is the only country in Southeast Asia that can punish
the death penalty for homosexual acts.